GOLDEN BURRS EVENTS COMMITTEE
CLASS OF 1958
WINTER HOLIDAY EDITION 2011-2012
With this TENTH edition of the 1958 Class Newsletter, it is hard to believe that another Christmas season is upon us. The members of the Golden Burrs Events Committee send their very best wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.
You will find in this newsletter Jim Lynch's report on West Catholic's football games; future West Catholic sponsored events; a report from Jim English about his Boy Scout Troop's visit to D.C.; news about Transfiguration's first grade teacher, Sister Miriam Michael, who celebrated her 70th anniversary as an Immaculate Heart Nun; a report from Rich Buzza about the launching of a new magazine by the Archdioceses of Philadelphia; Lou Meshon's induction into the West Catholic Hall of Fame; a report from Vince Leonetti about Coach McAneney; mail from our classmates and friends; Frank Adolf's updated Financial Report; more great Websites from Rich Buzza; remembrances of the Class of 1958's graduation by Frank Metzler and Frank Adolf, and sadly, news of the passing of Dominic Poppa and Brother Azarias.
We encourage you to let us know just what is happening in your life. Anyone wishing to send information for the newsletter, i.e. requesting prayers for the sick, the deceased, information regarding family, birth of grandchildren, marriages, trips, retirement, etc., may contact Rich Buzza at firstname.lastname@example.org, Frank Adolf at email@example.com, or Frank Metzler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No information will be printed in the newsletter unless we receive the information from the class member himself.
PAST AND UPCOMING EVENTS
RECEIVED FROM BROTHER TIM REGARDING CLASS DONATION
Sept. 3rd - Roman 19----West 7
Sept. 10th - Archbishop Wood 28----West 0
Sept. 16th - LaSalle 24----West 0
Sept. 23rd - West 18----Haverford School 14
West dropped their 1st three games to Division 3 and 4 teams. Their first win came this past weekend with a come from behind effort against Haverford School; close score but a win. They should do better with their next 5 games; 4 of which are within their AA division.
Sept. 30th - West 38----Archbishop Ryan 13
In a non-league match-up against Archbishop Ryan, West Catholic returned to their winning ways with a 38-13 romp. West scored 3 times in the first 7 minutes of the game for a 20-point lead, with 3 unanswered scores. They would later add another 6 making the score 26-0 at the half. The final non-league game of the season was a great wakeup call for the Burrs. Next 4 games will be in the AA Division; these are must wins for West to return to the State Finals.
October 7th - West 45----McDevitt 7
Quarterback Jaleel Reed hooked up four times thru the air with WR Bruce Mapp for four Burr scores and the ground attack added two more TD's to crush McDevitt. This was the first Division win for the Burrs.
October 14th - West 50----Conwell-Egan 0
C-E had the ball only 12 times in the game; of the 12 times they turned the ball over
9 times. C-E only managed 40 yards of offense and only 4 first downs. The mercy rule went into effect with 2-½ minutes left in the 1st half with the score 43-0. West Catholic had 218 yards offensively. Only two games left in the regular season, Neumann-Goretti and Lansdale Catholic. Go Burrs!
October 21st - West 39----Neumann-Goretti 0
Friday night Oct. 21st did not start well for N-G. A scheduling mix-up had their Senior ring dance on the same night. Four of their starters were not in attendance; they then ran into WC who at half-time was up 33 to 0. Total offense for the game 297 yards, running back Dave Williams broke the 1000 yard mark and to date has 1059 with the last season game coming up Sat. Oct. 29th. The Burrs are running on a win streak of 5 straight. Go Burrs!
October 31st - West 40----Lansdale Catholic 8
In this one the Burrs set the tone early. Senior quarterback Jaleel Reed snuck in from the one-yard line for a 7-0 lead. West would go on to score two more times in the first half on runs by junior running back Dave Williams for 13 and 62 yards respectively. At halftime, West lead comfortably by 20-0. the Burrs would cement the game in the third quarter when they scored three times. Lansdale Catholic avoided the shutout with a late 35 yard touchdown run that allowed longtime Head Coach Jim Algeo to witness one last touchdown by his team after directing this program for 44 years.
Offensively, the Burrs went for 377 yards, on defense,they held LC to just 126 yards on 50 offensive plays.
Beginning this weekend it is win or go home for the Burrs. In order to advance to the District 1-12 subregional playoffs, the Burrs need to beat Bishop McDevitt in the PCL AA Championship on November 7th at the South Philly Supersite.
November 7th - West 47----Bishop McDevitt 8
WEST CATHOLIC CAPTURES THE AA CROWN
In the Catholic League AA Final, Senior quarterback Jaleel Reed and Junior Running Back David Williams combined to give West five Touchdowns. This is West Catholics sixth straight Catholic League title; the Burrs have rattled off 37 consecutive league wins since the middle of 2006. They now advance to the subregional District 1-12 semi-final, (City AA Championship) against public league champ Bok High School Go Burrs!!
November 12th - West 30----Bok Tech 23
THIS ONE WENT DOWN TO THE WIRE!!
With 2:33 minutes on the game clock, his team trailing by a point late in the fourth quarter on Saturday afternoon, West Catholic's QB Jaleel Reed made a return. The senior quarterback was sidelined after injuring his ankle in the second quarter; but was able to guide the Burrs on a game-winning drive to knock off Bok Tech, 20-23, at Southern in a PIAA Class AA sub-regional semifinal.
Reed finished with 56 rushing yards on six carries. his 50-yard pass to Shaquille James was a key play on the game-winning drive. West Catholic out gained Bok, 412 yards to 108, as junior running back Dave Williams gained a season high 228 yards on 42 carries. Williams also rushed for two touchdowns, both from inside the 10 yard line. Shaquil Sammons led Bok (9-1) with 77 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including a third quarter score that handed Bok a 23-22 lead.
With the win, West Catholic (8-3 overall) advances to meet Springfield (Montco) in the final next weekend.
November 19th - West 28----Springfield (Montco) 8
After a scoreless 1st quarter West Catholic scored 28 unanswered points in the first 5 minutes and 42 seconds at the opening of the 2nd quarter. Final score 28-7 as posted above. Robert Coleman, the
District 12 chairman, was on hand to present coach Brian Fluck with a plaque and game ball.
Surprisingly, West now gets to rest until the first weekend in December, which will bring a quarterfinal. This was West's third playoff game, including those against McDevitt (CL final) and Bok (City Title and 1-12 semi). Date, time, location and opponent TBA at a later date. You can check easternpafootball.com for the playoff brackets and teams.
December 3rd - West 32----Pen Argyl 7
Class AA State Quarterfinal
Don't let the final score fool you, the defending Class AA State Champions had their hands full with the solid Green Knights' team. The Burrs were on their heels for the game's final quarter and a half. Then, even with a 12-0 lead in the third quarter, true comfort didn't set in until star Jr. RB Dave Williams scored on a 21 yard dash with 25.6 seconds left.
Offensively, the Burrs only ran 44 plays to PA's 72, but they still accumulated 387 yards on 4 totes. Reed managed 52 yards on 8 lugs. The offensive line all played well. Defensively, the Burrs played tough all day. Even though PA made some plays (297 yards of offense), a Burr defender always stepped-up to make a play at the right time. PA would avoid the shutout when Evans scored from three yards out with just 37.2 seconds left in the game.
December 12th - West 20----Lancaster Catholic 23
Class AA State Semifinal
After seizing its first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter, the Burrs lined up for a fourth and 1 at their own 29-yard line with a little more than a minute remaining. Go for it, gain the yard, and it's to the state final for the second year in a row, with a chance to defend the title. That was the plan . . . until it wasn't. West sent in a sneak call, but senior quarterback Jaleel Reed didn't like what he saw when he got to the line: a loaded box with two linebackers showing blitz. "We called time out and I figured we would go for it with a different play, but we chose to punt," Reed said. The change in tactic proved devastating. The snap went high, West never got off a punt, and Lancaster assumed possession on the 16 with 1 minute, 9 seconds to go. Two plays later, Andrew Dzurik hit Sean Titus for a touchdown as defensive backs Blaise Schieler and Williams got tangled on the crossing routes. West had 47 seconds and one timeout to try for the game-winning score. The Burrs drove to Lancaster's 26, but a last-second heave by Reed, intended for Williams, was picked off by none other than Titus. Lancaster took a knee on the final play.
WEST CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2012
For information contact George Light at 610-386-2244 Ext. 260
March 24, 2012 - Sports Hall Of Fame Inductions
April 15, 2012 - Alumni Associations 91st Annual Communion Breakfast
June 4, 2012 - Class of 2012 Graduation
July 8, 2012 - Burrs At The Beach
September 12, 2012 - Cardinal John O'Connor Golf Outing - Bala Golf Club
SEA ISLE CITY'S BOY SCOUT TROOP 76 VISIT TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
submitted by: JIM ENGLISH
Sea Isle City's Boy Scout Troop 76 made a three day visit to Washington, D.C. over the weekend of October 13th to 16th. The Troop traveled by school bus (always an adventure) to Camp Snyder, a Scout camp, about forty minutes outside the city. We had a total of thirty-four persons aboard: sixteen Scouts as well as Scoutmaster Mike Jargowsky, Assistant Scoutmasters, members of the Troop committee and family members.
During our trip to our Nation's Capital we visited the Air and Space Museum Annex at Dulles Airport which has hundreds of restored aircraft dating back to the dawn of powered flight. We were able to see (among other things) the "Enola Gay", the B-29 bomber that dropped the first Atomic Bomb, the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, the prototype Space Shuttle "Enterprise", the Apollo 11 Command Module from the first manned landing on the moon and hundreds of other aircraft. We also went to the Holocaust Museum and Memorial whose exhibits and artifacts left us with lasting memories.
However, the two real highlights of the trip were our tour of the White House on Friday afternoon and the Honor of placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
At the White House we saw all the public and "state " rooms, e.g. the Map room, the Red Room, Diplomatic Reception Room, etc. We also got to see the State Dining Room and the East Room.
By far, the most memorable part of our trip was the honor granted to Troop 76 of placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
We reported to the Sergeant of the Honor Guard at 2:45 PM and were instructed with the courtesies involved in the ceremony, which was scheduled for 3:15 PM. The four Scouts selected to place the wreath, Senior Patrol Leader Michael Cardinale, along with John S. Mazurie III, Charles Poole and Robert Craft remained with the Sergeant, while the rest of the Troop and Leaders took their places at the left of the Tomb. Precisely at 3:15 PM, the ceremony commenced and our Scouts placed the wreath while everyone came to attention and hand salute. This was followed by a Military bugler who sounded "Taps". Click here to see the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLureCtbhTE&feature=email
After the Ceremony, the four Scouts in the ceremony stood with the Sergeant of the Guard for a photograph. We also took a group picture of everyone on the colonnade at the Tomb.
On the way back to the visitor's center, we stopped at the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy and his family members. Needless to say, memories were made on this trip that will last a lifetime.
TRANSFIGURATION'S FIRST GRADE TEACHER - SISTER MIRIAM MICHAEL
CELEBRATES 70 YEARS IN THE IHM ORDER
submitted by: FRANK ADOLF
My daughter Karen, also had the privilege of having Sister Miriam Michael as her third grade teacher in 1982 at St. Dorothy School in Drexel Hill, PA
PHILADELPHIA ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESES HAS A NEW MAGAZINE
submitted by: RICH BUZZA
October 09, 2011 - By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Its cover is green, its name looks misspelled, and a first glance suggests it's another of those clothing catalogs clogging your mailbox.
But the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is hoping someone in each of its 350,000 households will flip through the debut issue of its monthly Phaith magazine, and pass it around the family.
"I think we've hit a home run," editor Matthew Gambino said of the September volume, sent out starting late last month. "The challenge now is making it consistent and relevant."
For Gambino and his modest staff, that means producing a free magazine that Catholics across five counties will read religiously - and that advertisers will support.
After 116 years communicating chiefly through the weekly Catholic Standard & Times newspaper, the archdiocese is using Phaith as a distinctly new way to reach its flock.
Evangelization, not news, is the core mission of Phaith, whose name is a play on "Philadelphia" and "faith." Its short, illustrated articles feature close-ups on area Catholics.
The more news-based Standard, as it is popularly known, will continue as a monthly tabloid, with regular updates at its website, http://catholicphilly.com.
The difference between the two journals is immediately apparent.
The Standard's October front page features a photo of Archbishop Charles Chaput's Sept. 8 installation and an article about the new graduate-studies program at the archdiocesan seminary.
Phaith's first cover is a photo of 21-year-old Jeff Braconnier of Wayne, who founded and directs the Catholic Community Choir of 200 children. "I'm trying to make their faith alive to them," Braconnier explains in the accompanying article.
Phaith also presents stories about a Delaware County woman who created a support group for families that have lost a member to suicide, a Philadelphia couple discussing how they solved a marital spat, a Rosemont father talking about teaching his little girl to pray, a recipe for chicken piccata for when a priest comes to dinner, a column by Chaput on the role of a bishop, and a theology teacher's essay on pop diva Lady Gaga.
LOUIS MESHON INDUCTED INTO THE WEST CATHOLIC HALL OF FAME
submitted by: FRANK ADOLF
December 6, 2011 was a special day for Lou Meshon and by extension the class of 1958, as Lou was inducted into the West Catholic Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at the school. Lou has been a long time benefactor of West Catholic and a successful businessman who has over forty years of Commercial Real Estate experience from owning and operating Montgomery Realty Company, and then as CEO of a publicly listed NYSE Company, Kramont Realty. Congratulations to Lou and his wife Patricia (class of 1959) on this special occasion.
INTERESTING ARTICLE ABOUT COACH VINCE MCANENEY
submitted by: VINCE LEONETTI
Click on the below link to read about Vince McAneney.
MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS
submitted by: FRANK ADOLF
John Kraft '57 - Hello Frank, Thank you very much for the notice in your Golden Burrs quarterly newsletter. I am sure many MBS guy's will see it and hopefully respond. We had our official Dedication Mass last Saturday and our new Archbishop Chaput was the principal celebrant. It was a wonderful day with a packed house. I was very impressed with Archbishop Chaput's down to earth attitude. He will be a wonderful leader. Regards, John
Tim Swift - St. Bede's parishioner - This is great! Thanks, Rich!
Joe Gavaghan - Hey Frank, Thank you & the committee for the latest new on our class and WC in general. All is fine in Bensalem these days and getting ready for the Phillies' drive to the World Series. Hope all is well with you & your family. Cheers, Joe
John Gillespie - Great job.
Bob Dougherty - (refers to homemade jigs that Rich Buzza gave Bob at our 50th) - Hi Rich, Wanted to let you know that your jigs even work on Southern flounder, even tho they're Yankee jigs. No fish yet tho cause ole dopey here went on the dock out back without a net and pulled up and saw one at least a foot wide across the back, but lost him trying to slide him up on the brick brack. Will try again today with a net. Thanks, Doc
Rich McCann '68 - I saw you guys (Golden Burrs website) had photos out there showing St. Clement Church. If you look at the front of the church you will notice some shrubs. I with Msgr. Gene Driscoll ‘58, John Toto, Joe Toto, and John Vencius planted them while they were still seminarians. I was a young lad, very much interested in being a priest at the time so it was a fun time for me. I would venture the timeframe is around 1961-1962. BTW Fr. Gerard McCafferty was the priest who oversaw the gardens and those grounds really showed back then.
Risteárd Pilib Seán MacDóighiúil (my Name in Gaelic - Richard Philip John Son of the Handsome One. MacDóighiúil or MacCáná
"Eirnon Misneach Faoi Ulach"
"Crescit Sub Pondere Virtus"
Anthony Evangelista - After thirteen years of being a widower, Anthony Evangelista married the former Marguerite DeLucia on October, 1, 2011 at St. Eugene Church in Primos, PA.
Anthony is a retired photographer; Marguerite is a medical secretary at Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists. She is a graduate of Cardinal O'Hara High School.
After the Mass and Marriage Ceremony, a reception was held at the Edgmont Country Club in Newtown Square. The couple honeymooned in West Virginia.
submitted by: FRANK ADOLF
Below is an update to the financial report published in the 2009-2010 Winter Edition.
Balance December 31, 2009 $ 1,744.79
'10 & '11 Luncheon Profits 726.95
Total Revenues $2,471.74
Donations to West Catholic ($1,300.00)
Enrollments Deceased Classmates ( 60.00)
Postage, Luncheon Programs ( 73.79)
Total Expenses/Donations ($1,433.79)
Balance December 31, 2011 $1,037.95
Note: $200.00 of the balance is set aside in reserve to fund future perpetual enrollments for deceased classmates in the St. LaSalle Auxiliary, which supports the Christian Brothers retirement facility in Maryland.
CLASS OF 1958 AMONG TOP TEN DONORS
The Class of 1958 (both Boys and Girls) donated a total of $3,615.00 to the "Captain Appeal" during the 2010/2011 "Keep West Best" Capital Campaign.
"REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS"
A FEATURE ABOUT GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE
SEND US YOUR REMEMBRANCES OF THE 40's & 50'S FOR PUBLICATION IN A FUTURE NEWSLETTER
SOME GREAT WEBSITES
submitted by: RICH BUZZA
FADS & FANCIES OF THE 50s & 60s
The Hula Hoop, Twist, Palisades Park Beauty Contests, Rock-Ola Juke Box, Ford Thunderbird, more
set to the music of The Olympics' "Dance By The Light Of The Moon" (edited by CI)
CLASS OF 1958 - GRADUATION MEMORIES
submitted by: FRANK METZLER AND FRANK ADOLF
Solemn Baccalaureate Mass of Graduation - St. Francis DeSales Church
Procession into Church
The thirty-ninth Annual Commencement for West Catholic Boys
The Ammendale 15, as we refer to our fellow classmates who are pictured below and on page 21 of the Blue and White 1958 Yearbook, had their Mass and commencement exercises on the grounds of LaSalle Hall, Ammendale, Maryland. There were 21 seniors; 15 representing West Catholic, 4 representing Central Catholic of Pittsburgh, and one each representing LaSalle High in Philadelphia and a school in northern New Jersey.
First Row left to right: Edward Butler, Michael Hughes, Joseph Crowe, John McLaughlin, Albert Kern
Second Row: Gerald Vernot, Francis Metzler, James Madden, John Broderick, Andrew Jaskolka
Third Row: Lawrence Brumfield, Joseph Speakman, Richard Levis, Desmond Butler, and Robert McCoy.
More 1958 remembrances to follow in future editions
WE ENCOURAGE ALL CLASSMATES TO SEND US ARTICLES FOR FUTURE PUBLICATIONS.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those who are ill, especially Dave Crines who is recovering from a stroke, Jim Kramer who is struggling with cancer and Joe Gavaghan who is recovering from hip replacement surgery.
Please pray for all who have gone to their eternal reward, especially our classmate Dominic Poppa who passed away on March 12, 2011 and Msgr. James E. King (former teacher Brother Azarias) who passed away on October 27, 2011. May Dominic and Msgr. King rest in peace.
BROTHER AZARIAS MSGR. JAMES E. KING
THE VERY REV. MSGR. JAMES E. KING, PH.D. died on October 27th, 2011 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, following a brief illness. He was 83.
Monsignor King was a former Christian Brother,
priest, scholar, linguist, educator, traveler, and dedicated servant of the
less fortunate. While his boundless curiosity and ministries took him
around the globe, throughout his life he dedicated himself to the service of
delinquent and homeless youth and to our nation's veterans. His
indefatigable spirit and keen mind, combined with fluency in many languages and
dialects, allowed him to comfort, console, and counsel those in need from many
walks of life.
Likewise, he was deeply involved with his family as oldest brother to his siblings, Uncle Jimmy to three generations of nieces and nephews, and celebrant at weddings and funerals. With patience and a twinkle in his eye, he acted as family travel guide, educator, and counselor, freely sharing his home, his love of art and music, and his deep knowledge with all.
James Edmund King was born in Philadelphia on June 30, 1928 to Eugene and Margaret (McHugh) King. He became a Brother of the Congregation of the Christian Brothers in 1946 and received his B.A. from Catholic University in 1951. For twenty years he taught in Catholic schools throughout Pennsylvania (including West Catholic, LaSalle College High School), Virginia, and New Jersey while also continuing his post-graduate studies.
He received both his Master of Divinity and Master of Art from LaSalle University and, later, his Doctorate of Philosophy from Villanova University in 1970. He also pursued studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, and Harvard University.
Drawn to the Eastern rite of the Catholic Church, he was ordained a Melkite Catholic priest by Archbishop Joseph Tawil in Boston on July 4, 1971. His appointments as a priest included co-pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Lawrence, MA, administrator of St. Elias Church, Woonsocket, RI, and pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Worcester, MA.
As part of his pastoral work, Monsignor King led numerous youth ministry trips across the United States and throughout Central America. He also served as Chancellor and Executive Secretary of the Apostolic Exarchate of the United States. Father King was honored by the Eastern Church with the title of Economus and Stravrophore in 1975. In 2002 the Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church, his Holiness Nerses Peter IX, named him a Vardapet with the right to wear a mitre and carry a bishop's staff.
The Very Reverend Monsignor King joined the Veterans Administration's chaplaincy tending to the spiritual needs of veterans in hospitals in Brockton, Bedford, Boston, and the Bronx. He was a chaplain in the Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, later becoming a Brigadier General in the USSC. He was President of the Military Chaplains Association, and served as chaplain of numerous organizations including the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Chapel of Four Chaplains, the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 1 in Boston, and the Catholic War Veterans of Bronx County, NY. He was Faithful Friar in the Knights of Columbus in Worcester, MA, Newton, MA, New Hampshire, and Springfield, PA. He also served as Caravan Chaplin in the International Order of Alhambra in two states.
Survivors: He is survived by his loving siblings, John King (Carmel) and Sally Brennan; sister-in-law Anna King; brother-in-law, William Heffley, M.D.; and three generations of loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Margaret (McHugh) King; and his siblings, Ellen Heffley, Kitty Thompson, Edward King, and Eugene King.
Service: Relatives and friends are invited to his Trisagion (Religious Service) Thurs, Eve. Nov. 3rd, beginning at 7:30 doors open at 6:30 at St. Mark's Armenian Church 400 Haverford Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
Fri. Morning Nov. 4. Viewing: 8:30 to 10 AM. Funeral Service for a Priest celebrated by His Excellency Nicholas Samra at Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church 2310 South 24th Street Philadelphia, PA.
Interment at St Peter and Paul Cemetery 1600 Sproul
Road Springfield Delaware County Pennsylvania.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to Final Farewell Inc., 93 Old York Rd Suite 1 # 403 Jenkintown, Pa 19046.
Published in Daily Times on October 30, 2011
The complete listing of our 121 honored deceased and their high school graduation pictures can be found on the Golden Burrs Website at: www.goldenburrs-1958.com
"MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR"
KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!
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